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Electrical Safety First (ESF) is the UK charity dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused by electricity across the UK. We are recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and technical authority on electrical safety. With our current CEO retiring, we're seeking an exceptional person to succeed him, to lead the charity and continue to develop our sphere of influence.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Circa £100K + benefits
Peridot Partners, executive recruitment for Electrical Safety First

About this role

Electrical Safety First, executive recruitment

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Salary: Circa £100,000 plus benefits
Responsible to:
Board of Trustees, Electrical Safety Board (ESB). Day to day leadership responsibility is delegated to the Chair of ESF
Responsible for: Technical Director, Finance Director/Company Secretary, Communications and Campaigns Director and Office Manager/PA

Each year more than 50 people lose their lives and tens of thousands of people are injured by electricity. On top of that, half of all accidental domestic fires are caused by electricity. In 2017/2018, there were 17,809 such fires.

ESF campaigns on behalf of consumers and electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation, working with industry and government to minimise risk through changes in policies. We are recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and technical authority on electrical safety.

As CEO of ESF you will be comfortable working in a complex environment involving a myriad of interests, including political, industrial, commercial and charitable.

You will have a track record of strategic leadership and operational management together with exceptional skills in diplomacy, communication and influencing. This must be complemented by stakeholder management, to build partnerships and develop effective relationships across a wide range of networks, and a creative approach to address an increasingly multifaceted electrical safety agenda.

The charity is underpinned by a joint venture partnership with a key trade association.  The joint venture company, Certsure LLP, creates a strong financial position for the charity but also requires significant oversight. Our new CEO must also have board-level experience and the ability to work closely with our partners to ensure our business interests and financial resources are managed effectively to generate a continuous flow of income to support the charity’s work.

The role of ESF CEO offers a real opportunity to have a positive impact on every person in the UK, by helping them to use electricity safely.

For an informal conversation about the role you can contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Michael Earnshaw | 07494 595178 | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Dear Applicant,

Alison Parkes - electrical safety first - CEO - executive recruitment

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer at Electrical Safety First (ESF).

ESF is dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused by electricity across the UK. Formed in 1956, the Charity has a long-established history and reputation across the industry, across government and with our wider stakeholders.

More recently we’ve developed a stronger consumer focus, which together with a significant rebrand in 2014 helped us to position ourselves firmly as a consumer advocacy charity, and further build our reputation as electrical experts within this wider arena. Our technical and campaigning expertise has enabled us to establish ourselves as a real voice on consumer issues and to be at the forefront on many electrical matters including product safety, safety in the private rented sector, the connected home and electrical safety in an ageing society.

Our current CEO is retiring this year and we are seeking an exceptional person to succeed him. The Chief Executive role at ESF offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and inspiring individual to lead the charity and continue to develop our sphere of influence.

As CEO at ESF you will be comfortable working in a complex environment involving a myriad of interests, including political, industrial, commercial and charitable. It is likely that you will have operated successfully at a senior level for at least five years in an environment where maintaining high standards of both output and dialogue with partners and stakeholders has been a key requirement.

You will have a track record of strategic leadership and operational management together with exceptional skills in diplomacy, communication and influencing. This must be complemented by stakeholder management and a creative approach to address an increasingly complex electrical safety agenda.

The charity is underpinned by a joint venture partnership with a key trade association, which creates a strong financial position for the charity but also requires significant oversight. Therefore, our new CEO must also have board-level experience and the ability to work closely with our partners.

This is a rare opportunity to join a dynamic, campaigning charity and lead a vibrant and dedicated team. ESF has a supportive Board of Trustees, highly experienced departmental heads, and an energetic and effective staff team.

If you have the skills, experience, passion and drive to help take us on the next stage of our journey, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Alison Parkes
Chair of the Board of Trustees

We have a positive impact on every person in the UK

Chief Executive recruitment for Electrical Safety First (ESF)

Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Our aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely.

The Objects for which the charity is established are, for the public benefit, to advance health and the saving of lives by promoting the safe use of electricity in all its applications and protecting and procuring the protection of consumers of electricity against faulty, unsafe and defective electrical installations, products and equipment.

Each year more than 50 people lose their lives and tens of thousands of people are injured by electricity. On top of that, half of all accidental domestic electrical fires are caused by electricity.

We campaign on behalf of consumers and electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation and ensure safety messages are appropriate, up to date and well communicated.

We provide expert information and advice to help people protect themselves from faulty, damaged, sub-standard, and poorly maintained electrical installations and electrical appliances.

We are recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and technical authority on electrical safety.

Context

Our origins date back to 1956 but, more recently, we’ve established a stronger consumer focus – particularly with regard to product safety. We work with government, manufacturers, contractors, consumers, a range of partners and well-known retail brands providing advice and support on the safety of electrical products.

Our challenges are increasingly complex. We are working hard to ensure that consumers can be assured of the safety of products that they buy from online markets, helping them get to grips with the dangers of sub-standard products emerging from countries with poorer safety standards than our own, so that we can advise consumers of the dangers such products can cause.

How are we going to manage this when Brexit happens and trade agreements change? There is also still a huge amount of uncertainty over what our exit from the European Union will mean for safety standards. Add to this the increasing use of smart devices within our “connected homes” and the government’s drive towards mass ownership of electric vehicles and it is easy to see how our mission to protect people when using electricity is constantly expanding.

Funding is another consideration. The majority of our income is derived from gift aid from Certsure LLP, a joint venture company owned by Electrical Safety First (75%) and the Electrical Contractors Association (25%), albeit that the partnership is based on 50:50 governance. As well as providing funding, Certsure also undertakes some of the charity’s objects, particularly with regard to the safety of electrical installations. The Board of Certsure has been chaired alternately by the CEOs of the two joint venture partners.

Employing circa 320 people, Certsure offers industry-leading certification services, Building Regulations schemes, products and support to the construction industry and beyond. It is dedicated to providing professional services and certification to a wide range of customers across the building services sector.  Certsure services and products are Government-recognised and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved.

Find out more about Certsure at www.certsure.com

Vision, mission and values

Vision

For everyone in the UK to use electricity safely.

Mission

To help prevent deaths, injuries and damage caused by electricity by communicating with the public about the risks and ways to prevent them and working with industry, government and stakeholders to minimize risk through delivery of expert information and campaigns.

Values

Expert – we draw on a wealth of technical and campaigning experience and a robust evidence base.

Influential – we apply our expertise and leading industry position to achieve measurable and positive change.

Impartial – we are equitable and inclusive in our relationships with people and industry to improve safety.

Inclusive – we are here for everybody in the UK who wants information and advice about electrical safety.

Current – we ensure that we offer the public and industry the very latest information and constantly update our advice to reflect this.

More information:

ESF website
Annual report
Strategy

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Michael Earnshaw | 07494 595178 | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “CEO, Electrical Safety First” into the subject field.

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We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 7th October
First interviews: Thursday 25th or Friday 26th October
Final interviews: Wednesday 30th October

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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